Google Amy's Cooking Adventures: July 2020

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Caprese Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

It’s time again for Food n Flix - the online club where participants watch the selected movie and whip up something delicious!

This month’s movie was Coyote Ugly, hosted by Kimberly at Coffee and Casseroles.

The movie Coyote Ugly is inspired by the actual bar/saloon by the same name.  As always, there are similarities and differences between the movie and real life.  The movie follows a small town girl as she moves to New York to follow her dreams to become a songwriter.  Her dreams aren’t as easy to follow as she thought, so she ends up working at the Coyote Ugly Bar where each night is a party, including line dances on the bar.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Patriotic Cauliflower and Beet Salad

*Disclosure: I received an advanced reader copy of All Stirred Up, courtesy of The Book Club Cook Book, Pegasus Books, and Laura Kumin.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

This month, I got the opportunity to read an advance copy for the book All Stirred Up by Laura Kumin.

All Stirred Up provide a comprehensive history of the women's suffrage movement from the late 1800’s to the 1920s.  Plus, the end of each chapter includes recipes!  The recipes come from suffragists cookbooks and are accompanied by modern adaptations!

 I have to say, I learned a lot I did not previously know about the suffrage movement.  For instance, I did not know that cookbooks were commonly used to get the suffragist message to a wider audience.  The suffragists had a number of other fascinating methods of getting their message across as well.

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Peking-Style Pork

This month’s Cook the Books Club pick was Kitchen Chinese.  Kitchen Chinese is a novel that follows Isabelle (Iz) as her personal and professional life hit a dead end in the United States, where Isabelle is a first generation American born to Chinese parents.

In response to the loss of her job and romantic relationship, Iz decides to move to Beijing to rediscover her roots and to reconnect with her older sister who has also returned to Beijing.

Through her well-connected sister, Iz gets a job as a restaurant critic at an Expat magazine.  It’s at this point that the book becomes a foodie’s dream, as Iz eats her way through Beijing!

The rest of the story follows Iz’s personal life as she navigates life in Beijing looking like everyone else, but unfamiliar with the language and customs while also navigating her relationship with her sister and attempts at romance.  This book got 3 ½ stars from me.

So how about the food?  The very first recipe mentioned in the book is Peking Duck and the main character loves it so much that I almost wanted to make it - but having never prepared duck (or even knowing where to acquire a duck for that matter), I quickly passed it by.

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Super Soft Sugar Cookies (Small Batch)

This recipe originally appeared on my other blog, but since I'm no longer updating it, I'm merging the recipes here for all to enjoy!

Over the summer, my parents celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary!  And they were in town to see the kids play their summer sports, so I wanted to make them something a little special to celebrate!

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Cucumber Pomegranate Mule

When Hubs and I went out for our anniversary last month, the restaurant had 2 signature cocktails: a cucumber mule, and a pomegranate rosemary mule.  Only I misread the menu and thought it was a cucumber pomegranate rosemary mule.  Once corrected, I ordered the pomegranate, but couldn’t get my misinterpreted idea out of my head.

So, I infused my own Cucumber-Rosemary Vodka and created my signature cocktail.  And it was everything I’d hoped it would be!  The fruity pomegranate, mixed with the fresh cucumber earthy rosemary is the perfect summer drink!

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Ice Cream Sundae Cupcakes

These fun Ice Cream Sundae Cupcakes were made for my son’s Cub Scout Blue & Gold Banquet this year!

The theme was “Scouts are Cool” and there was a whole sundae bar set up for the kids (and parents!)

Friday, July 10, 2020

Oven-Baked Ribs with Cola BBQ Sauce

It’s the 10th, which means it’s time for this month’s Eat the World Recipe challenge!

This month’s challenge takes us to the USA!  But since the USA is so large and diverse, the theme was narrowed down to Soul Food.  Soul Food in the USA typically refers to foods and cooking techniques used by people of African American heritage in the Southern United States.

One of the best soul food recipes I came across was BBQ Ribs.  In the past, I’ve only eaten bone-in ribs at restaurants.  But that tender meat, falling off the bones, drenched in BBQ sauce was amazing.  When I saw this challenge and then found a couple racks of ribs at the grocery store, I knew it was time to make these myself!

The recipe below is intense.  The flavors build and build as these ribs cook, with a dry rub, a baste/marinade, and a homemade BBQ sauce.  It is incredibly time consuming as well, but well worth the effort.  The ribs were bursting with flavor and melted in our mouths.  While the ribs likely won’t be on a regular rotation (so time consuming!) I know I’ll make these again, the next time we’re craving ribs!

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Cucumber Rosemary Infused Vodka


Walk down the aisle at the liquor store and there are an abundance of flavored liqueurs and vodkas.

I recently learned about cucumber vodka, but then had trouble finding it locally, so I decided to make my own! After all, I’ve dabbled with infused vodkas in the past, making both lemon and strawberry infused vodkas!

Friday, July 3, 2020

4th of July Flag Cookies

This post originally appeared on my other blog in 2014.  Since I'm no longer keeping it up, I'm migrating all of my favorites over here!

Happy July!!

Can’t you believe it’s almost the 4th?

This year, I decided to make some easy flag cookies! (See my inspiration here and here)

To make these I split a batch of sugar cookie dough in 3 parts, one (for the red) slightly bigger than the others.  One part was left alone and the others were tinted red and blue with gel food coloring.

After that, I rolled the red and white dough thin, cut them in strips with a pizza cutter and started stacking!  After the long and short red and white strips were stacked, I rolled the blue into a long log and used a knife to cut it into a square shape and place it.



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